We provide ongoing training and support across Scotland to individuals trying to create and sustain social businesses.

SSE Scotland 2015 cohort

About SSE Scotland

With a track record of supporting Social Entrepreneurs initially in Fife then in former coalfield communities since 2002, The School for Social Entrepreneurs – Scotland became an independent national school in 2012. The School provides training in the form of specialised workshops and ongoing opportunities to enable individuals to use their entrepreneurial and creative skills to develop social businesses, social enterprises and charities that benefit the communities in which they live. The School for Social Entrepreneurs Scotland prides itself in reaching out to those individuals that want to create social change – Doing Learning Differently!

Since establishing ourselves as Scotland’s national School in 2012, we secured funding from Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland to deliver the Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs programme. Cohorts 1 and 2 have been successfully delivered, supporting 18 Social Entrepreneurs each year who are well on their way to establishing their social businesses.

Want to get involved?

Being involved with the School for Social Entrepreneurs Scotland doesn’t stop at being a student. There are a number of ways that your organisation can become involved; you could become a ‘witness’, sharing your story with our social entrepreneurs, or you could act as a mentor to one of our students.

If you or your organisation are interested in getting involved please get in touch: [email protected] + please write “FAO Scotland team” in the subject line or top of your email.

Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme

Whether you are looking to get started on a new idea or want to grow an established organisation, this programme can help. Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme offers a fully funded year of learning, a mentor and a grant to help you grow your project. The programme will  help you develop as a leader and obtain the skills needed to take your organisation to the next stage.

More about the Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme


Black Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme (Scotland)

Kick start your journey and maximise your impact with this free learning programme in partnership with PwC and Dechomai. Over three years this programme will support 30 Black entrepreneurs to start up and grow their business and impact.

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Pasna Sallis and Colin Grant

Pasna Sallis, Weekday Wow Factor - mentoring

"Sometimes you need to take a step back from the day-to-day and having a mentor guarantees you get to do this."

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Annette Tonner, founder of Forth Valley Community Focus CIC

Annette Tonner, Community Focus Scotland CIC

"We wouldn’t be sitting in this building today if it weren’t for SSE."

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Jordan Butler, founder of Heavy Sound CIC

Jordan Butler, Heavy Sound CIC

Meet the social entrepreneur using music & creativity to engage disadvantaged young people.

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Indie Flynn, Square Peg

Indie Flynn, Square Peg

The social entrepreneur using animation to help children with special needs and from challenging backgrounds.

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Social Enterprise Edinburgh Tool Library

Chris Hellawell, Edinburgh Tool Library

"Nobody has a perfect plan when they start out, but the SSE course helps you to see where you can improve and make your business the best it can be."

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Matt Kitson outside one of his social enterprise community cinema events

Matt Kitson, Driftwood Cinema

"Without the programme and support that the School for Social Entrepreneurs has provided my idea would probably still be just that."

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Sylvia Douglas, MsMissMrs

"Being on the School for Social Entrepreneurs programme was an incredible experience, I learned business skills and made friends I will have for a lifetime."

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Bruce Gunn

Bruce Gunn, Delivered Next Day Personally

"My experience at the School for Social Entrepreneurs has been fantastic. Challenging at times, but very rewarding."

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